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‘I do not know how I will pay farmers next year’, says Lesley Griffiths

Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has said she ‘does not know how she will pay farmers next year’ because of a lack of clarity from Westminster.  


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‘I do not know how I will pay farmers next year’, says Lesley Griffiths

Ms Griffiths’ comments were prompted by a meeting with the UK Government and her counterparts from the other devolved nations which she described as ‘really not very productive’.

 

She complained that despite repeated requests, there was no representative from the Treasury at the meeting to explain how much cash would be available for Welsh farmers after Brexit.

 

“There are no clearer views on funding,” she told journalists at a briefing on June 25.

 

“I have no idea what the funding pot is. At the moment, I get €300m plus in my budget from Brussels to pay farmers, but I do not know where that funding is coming from.


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“Nobody can tell me from the UK Government. I think everybody can say it is a complete mess.”

 

The Scottish Government also slammed the UK Government’s approach to future funding, branding it ‘reckless and counterproductive’.

 

Speaking to Farmers Guardian, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Lesley Griffiths is correct to point out the lack of clarity on funding for farmers.

 

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“I have repeatedly pressed the UK Government for clarity and certainty on future funding for Scotland’s farmers should we have to leave the EU, yet no guarantees have been provided for any funding beyond 2022 and we still have no clarity on the details of the commitments which have been given.

 

“We are determined to support our rural and farming communities and the proposals set out for farming and food production last June outline a clear five-year plan to provide stability through the Brexit transition and beyond.

 

“Scotland is the only part of the UK with such a detailed transition plan.”

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